TransactionInterop Class


Facilitates interaction between System.Transactions and components that were previously written to interact with MSDTC, COM+, or System.EnterpriseServices. This class cannot be inherited.

public ref class TransactionInterop abstract sealed
public static class TransactionInterop
type TransactionInterop = class
Public Class TransactionInterop


This class provides methods for transaction propagation. For more information on how this process works, see Transaction Propagation.

Using the methods provided by this class, you can engage in two types of transaction propagations, Export/Import (push model) and Transmitter/Receiver (pull model).

The Export/Import (push model) propagation involves these steps,

  1. On the remote machine, obtain the "whereabouts" of the transaction manager of that machine by calling the GetWhereabouts method. You can then cache this piece of information on the client machine for future usage.

  2. Send the data containing the whereabouts to the client machine using any preferred method

  3. On the client machine, use the whereabouts to "export" the transaction to the remote machine and generate a transaction "cookie". This is done by calling GetExportCookie and passing in the remote machine's whereabouts.

  4. Send the data containing the transaction "cookie" to the remote machine using any preferred method

  5. On the remote machine, use the transaction "cookie" to obtain a clone of the client transaction by calling the GetTransactionFromExportCookie method.

  6. On the remote machine, use the clone transaction to enlist the resource manager using the EnlistVolatile or EnlistDurable methods of the Transaction class.

The Transmitter/Receiver (pull model) propagation involves these steps,

  • On the client machine, using the transaction generates a corresponding "propagation token" by calling GetTransmitterPropagationToken

  • Send the data containing the "propagation token" of the transaction to the remote machine using any preferred method

  • On the remote machine, use the "propagation token" to obtain a clone of the client transaction by calling GetTransactionFromTransmitterPropagationToken

The Transmitter/Receiver model provides better performance in scenarios where the transaction token is sent to a remote machine, but the remote machine may not use it to obtain the transaction. This is because the transaction is not propagated until GetTransactionFromTransmitterPropagationToken is called. Another advantage is that the propagation token can be sent to any remote machine, while the export cookie can be used only on the machine that provided the whereabouts.

However, you should also note that the whereabouts of remote transaction managers are encapsulated in all the propagation tokens, making them bigger than the corresponding transaction cookies from the Export/Import model.

Note This type uses LinkDemand to prevent it from being called from untrusted code; however, only the immediate caller is required to possess the FullTrust permission set.



The type of the distributed transaction processor.



Gets an IDtcTransaction instance that represents a Transaction.

GetExportCookie(Transaction, Byte[])

Transforms a transaction object into an export transaction cookie.


Generates a Transaction from a specified IDtcTransaction.


Generates a Transaction from the specified an export cookie.


Generates a Transaction instance from the specified transmitter propagation token.


Generates a propagation token for the specified Transaction.


Gets the Whereabouts of the distributed transaction manager that System.Transactions uses.

Applies to